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Heeeey it’s the last day of February, awesome, and it’s going to be 73 degrees today.  Apparently tornado warnings are also accompanying the warm temperatures, so it’s looking like an interesting day.  Did you miss my weekend posts?  I mostly talked a lot about shopping, but they’re still fun to catch up on.

Last night I made 5 lbs of the best mashed potatoes ever and considered that my cardio and weight training for the day.  Seriously, have you ever stood over a hot stove mashing and stirring 5 lbs of potatoes?  That’s hard work!  I also made my favorite comfort food meal ever, Shepherds Pie, and fed it to the roommates.  They were grateful to have dinner prepared for them, and I was just happy to have something to do.  Then I watched the Oscars.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to go in to what I thought of so and so’s dress, and who won what award, I’m pretty sure there are tons of other bloggers out there today doing that.  Go read their recaps, I just don’t care enough.  What I will say, is that Twitter makes watching award shows so much more fun.  First the Grammy’s now the Oscars, it’s fun to see everyone’s different opinions as the event happens.  Plus you can play drinking games with people!

So my trip is officially next week now, and you can rest assured that I will be obsessively checking the forecast for the next 10 days.  I can only see up until Wednesday at the moment, but Milwaukee’s weather is a high of 30 and snow showers and Chicago’s is a high of 37 with snow showers.  I have a feeling I’ll be packing some winter gear.  Unless a freak heat wave rolls in on Thursday for the weekend.  I really don’t care either way, just as long as there isn’t a blizzard and my flights aren’t delayed or cancelled.

I’m also getting my hair done next week, and I’m at the point where it’s frustrating me and chopping it off sounds very tempting.  I know I’ll regret that the next day if I do it though, but it’s just so, long.  I also can’t figure out what to do about color.  The box dye I used has pretty much faded, and I’m thinking about maybe just getting some auburn low lights with blonde highlights thrown in?  Here’s a picture I took yesterday, thoughts?

I’ll probably spend much of the next week looking for pictures of hair cuts and color I like.  Should make me pretty productive at work.  Alright, try to enjoy your Monday.

Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Meat Loaf

Thanks to everyone for the congrats on my first race!  The more I think about it, the more I realize I should be proud of my finish time and not disappointed, so until my next half I will be proud of my 2:05 finish time.  My legs are still super sore today, and I’ve been avoiding going up and down stairs as much as possible.  I’m hoping they start to feel better sometime soon so that I can at least walk normally.

Now, as you all know, this is my week off before moving and starting my new job so I’ve got a lot of free time on my hands.  Yesterday, in post long-run, next-day hunger I hobbled around the grocery store picking up things for the week.  I threw a lot of random things in my shopping cart, and things to keep me occupied in the kitchen for the next three days.  After watching The Pioneer Woman kick Bobby Flay’s ass on Throwdown last week, I decided I NEEDED to make her mashed potatoes.  Butter, cream cheese, garlic?  I didn’t think it could get much better than that.  After unloading my grocery store haul, I got to preparing the potatoes.

Now, her recipe calls for 5 lbs of potatoes, and I suppose I could have done some math and halved the recipe, but I was lazy, and thinking about how good 5lbs of mashed potatoes would feel in my empty belly.  Yup, I made 5lbs of mashed potatoes.  For two people.  To go with our mashed potatoes, I decided to make another comfort food favorite of mine, meat loaf.

 

peeled and in the pot to cook

meatloaf ingredients before combining

in loaf form ready for the oven

mashing the potatoes and adding the other ingredients

Yup, topped with more butter

Meat Loaf and Mashed Potatoes

yummy

the best mashed potatoes EVER

 

Seriously, go make these mashed potatoes right now.  They are so creamy and flavorful and delicious, I’m kind of glad I decided to make 5 lbs because now I can eat them for every meal.  In addition to following The Pioneer Woman’s recipe verbatim, I also added some garlic cloves to the pot of water when I was boiling the potatoes.  Then, just mashed everything together.  Yum.

On the agenda for today?  Using some of the 5 cans of Pumpkin in my pantry and the three bars of cream cheese.  Oh, and I guess I should finish packing at some point, ya know, since I’m moving on Saturday.  I’d much rather eat my way through the week though.  Happy Tuesday!

 

The End of a Great Weekend

Well I had an absolutely amazing weekend with Alex, and I am very sad that it’s already Monday again.  Right after I posted on Saturday, I received some news that immediately made me burst into tears.  In a good way!  My bff had just gotten engaged that morning!  She is the first one of my girlfriends to get engaged, and I was immediately so happy for her that I started crying.  So congrats to Meghan and Ben, I’m so happy for you both!

I still had to get out the door for my long run, and I fully credit the good news for my absolutely epic run.  It was my best long run to date, and I actually enjoyed it.  The miles ticked by so quickly and before I knew it, I was on my last mile and heading home.  I stopped at mile 4.5 and 7.5 to run into the grocery store and grab some water, and took two walking breaks up some major hills, but other than that I was moving the whole time.  I remember looking at my Garmin and being surprised at how quick my pace was, and how comfortable with it I was.  It was really a great run, oh and Body Glide was my savior because I escaped all 9 miles without any chafing!  With about a half mile left to go, I saw Alex running towards me and stopped to give him a kiss before we both continued on our way.

I think with over a month to go before the half marathon still, that I’ll be just fine.  Well I hope so anyway.  After I showered and got some food in my stomach, Alex and I headed over to one of the local wineries to partake in their $6 tasting.

We grabbed our glasses and went to town.  The first wine I tried, was a warm spiced wine which immediately had me dreaming about Christmas time, and sitting by the fire place watching the snow fall.  I considered buying a bottle, but then figured that exact circumstance would be the only time I’d be in the mood to drink it.

I tried all of the reds, some of the whites, and a Blackberry wine that would make a great addition for Sangria.  While we drank our samples, Alex and I explored the store and various things for sale.

 

 

love me some wine!

 

 

award winners

 

 

99 bottles of wine on the wall

 

 

I want this in my house

 

 

boyfriend

 

 

tasting

 

 

$12 well spent

 

I purchased a bottle of one of the Cabernet Sauvingon’s that I liked, and then Alex and I made a pit stop to pick up some more pumpkin beer before heading home to make dinner.  Well I made dinner, Alex did something else.  Somehow in over the year we have been dating, I had never made my Chicken Marsala for Alex so last night I decided to change that.  In my personal opinion, it’s one of my best recipes and he needed to try it.  Normally I serve wild rice as a side, but last night I decided to undertake something I love but had never before made by myself.  Garlic mashed potatoes.  I found this recipe by Martha Stewart, and followed it exactly.  Well not exactly because I halved the ingredients, but besides that I stuck to it like glue.

I have to say, my first attempt at mashed potatoes was a success.  It was an intimidating process to try and get them together while also preparing the chicken, but I managed.  My kitchen looked like it blew up when I finished, but hey dinner was hot and on the table two hours later.  The consistency was perfect, now I just need to mess with the flavor a little more.  I think some more salt and pepper was needed.  They were still delicious though, and Alex raved about them, and had seconds later that night.

 

mashed taters

 

 

chicken marsala

 

I was intimidated by mashed potatoes before I started, but now I think I can conquer them with a little more practice :).  Alex and I relaxed on the couch for a little while after dinner watching the Yankees game and having a few beers.  Then I got a text message from Hope asking if we would want to meet up and hang out.  After having so much fun on Friday night, I quickly agreed, and Alex and I met up with Hope and her boyfriend Michael for a few drinks.  As expected, it was once again a fun night.  We reminisced about our college days, told the stories of how we met, our jobs, and just generally had a good time laughing and chatting.  We called it a night around midnight and all of us headed home.

Despite staying up late on Saturday night, I was up pretty early Sunday morning and crept downstairs so I wouldn’t wake up boyfriend.  I set myself up on the couch with the TV on and Chicago Marathon coverage streaming on the computer.  It was a nice little morning, and Alex finally stumbled downstairs as I was making breakfast.  The smell of bacon must have woken him up ;).  I made us bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches on everything bagel thins to prepare us for a morning of errand running.

First it was off to Target to search for some Halloween costume essentials.  I found some gold hoop earrings and aviator sunglasses that I need for mine, and Alex picked up a shirt he needed.  Then it was off to DSW and TJ Max, I didn’t buy anything else, but Alex managed to snag some great deals on winter workout gear at TJ Max.  After a morning of running errands, we were tired and spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing on the couch until I had to take Alex to the train station at 6:00 so he could head back to NYC.

It really was a great weekend, and I’m glad Alex and I ventured out to the winery to do something different.  With so many so close, it was ridiculous that I’d never visited one before.  We’ll have to try out another one next time!  Sunday ended with both a Phillies and Eagles wine, sorry about your 49ers babe, maybe next year!  I’m super bitter that I don’t have off today, what’s that about anyway?  Sigh, well happy Monday everyone!